Turn that 62 to 125, 125 to a 250
250 to a half a million, ain't nothin' nobody can do with me
Referring to cocaine weights and the money made from selling it: 62 grams = 1/16 kilo, 125 grams = 1/8 kilo, 250 grams = ¼ kilo, 500 grams = ½ kilo. Jay-Z is one of the richest people in rap. He’s known for doubling his dollars, legally and illegally!
Then, he turns the 250 from grams into dollars (rhetorically), and doubles it (i.e. $250,000 to $500,000). He slurs “half a million” so it sounds like “half a man.”
This might also be referring to Jay-Z’s net worth over the years. He’s now worth half a billion, give or take a few million dollars ($460 million).
This is also a nice follow-up to “The Bounce” from The Blueprint 2, in which he raps “I turn a 8 to an ounce to a whole key to the R.O.C.”
BUT COULDN’T IT BE “HALF A MAN”?
“half a man” could be a metaphor for a half a brick. You can’t pull a half-a-million-dollar flip off of 250 grams of cocaine, but Jay could be talking about heroin in these lines. The term “boy” is used as code for heroin. And Jay has talked horse before: on the seven-minute freestyle with Big L, Jay says, “I cause vials to move when I come creeping through your way with a 1000 little dudes.” 1000 little dudes = a key of heroin, or a boy. And what is half a man but a boy? Again, heroin in general is often called boy; “How lil dude boxing?” or “Lil dude flow decent?” are codes for “Was that batch of boy straight?”
Meek Mill uses a similar line in “Get Dis Money”.
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